Nicole Waddington

Positions at Graphixspot

Founder (2008-present)
Photographer (2013-present)
Graphic Designer (2008-present)
Videographer (2013-present)


Graphixspot is the brainchild of Chicago native, Nicole Waddington, aka Taka Zulu, a then, frustrated 20-something year old with a lot of big ideas and creative energy. Originally aspiring to fulfill her life-long dream as an animator, Nicole switched gears and turned her attention to graphic design. With her determination and self-taught Photoshop skills, the woman who was widely known for her illustrative prowess became a budding freelancer in 2008.

Since then ...

Since 2008, Graphixspot has had the opportunity to work with clients, creatives and agencies from the very small to very large with a reach going as far south as Missouri, Atlanta and Louisiana to as far east as New York while maintaing a steady audience in Chicago. It has also grown into a multi-disciplinary business by expanding into photography and videography to couple with its graphic design roots...

...And then, Nicole got a dog.


Purple Wave Festival (Washington, DC.)

The Center For the Study of Race, Politics & Culture
(University of Chicago, Chicago, IL)

The Black Metroplis Research Consortium
(University of Chicago, Chicago, IL)

Arts + Public Life
(University of Chicago, Chicago, IL)

NOLA Global Youth Festival/Week
(New Orleans, LA)

Edible Arrangements (Hyde Park franchise, Chicago, IL)

Collaborative Companies

Team X Visual (Chicago, IL)
First Clandestine Group (New, York, NY)
Send2Print ATL (Atlanta, GA)